The score for Study no. 15b.1 uses the animated notation approach called convergence to indicate the onset of events with a high degree of specificity (useful for coordinating acoustic and electronic sources). 4 vertical lines represent the 4 strings of the violin or viola, and the performer simply follows the animated score as if it were a mirror.
For violin or viola (with optional electronics).
Each attack is indicated by convergence of a red circle on a white node, the vertical location denoting where on the fingerboard to play, the horizontal location denoting which string.
All attacks should be pizzicato. The instrument should be amplified in order to evenly blend with the electronics. If the electronics aren't used, amplification is not necessary.
The electronics component run from the Max/MSP application included with the score. This application should be launched before starting the score, after which time requiring no further interaction.
Duration: 8 minutes or more.
If possible, the animated score should be projected for both the performers and audience to see. If this is not possible, one or more monitors can be used.
Ryan Ross Smith, Spring 2013.
If you would like a copy of this animated score for performance, or have any questions about the animated notation used in this piece, feel free to get in touch! My contact information can be found here.